MrSpeakers ETHER 2 Planar Magnetic Headphones

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ETHER 2 is MrSpeakers' new all-new Top-of-the-Line planar magnetic headphone. At only 290grams, ETHER 2 smashes the weight barrier for top-of-the-line headphones, ensuring it feels as good as it sounds, and looks.

MrSpeakers' ETHER 2 headphone is our all-new top of the line open-back planar magnetic headphone with a new driver, motor, baffle, and headband all designed to synergistically blend stunningly lifelike sound with the industry-leading comfort and reliability that are the hallmarks of MrSpeakers' products.

New kid on the block

It’s been three years and we’ve not been idle, having introduced our critically acclaimed VOCE electrostatic headphone and our high performance yet affordable ÆON headphones.

But we've been hard at work on the flagship planars, and now we’re pleased to introduce ETHER 2!

Putting the Pedal to the Metal

ETHER 2 has an entirely new motor designed around the concept of TrueFlow technology. Instead of designing TrueFlow into the motor, we designed the motor around the TrueFlow technology to realize a major improvement in linearity, dynamics, and detail. And we didn’t stop there.

To make the most of the increased resolution of the motor we developed an all-new diaphragm that’s 70% less aluminum trace weight than the original ETHER driver. As a result, ETHER 2 delivers incredible clarity, powerful, fast bass, liquid mids, and a smooth, balanced top end that’s incredibly resolving yet not at all bright to deliver a coherent, dynamic and remarkably balanced performance.

Shedding Weight, Not Strength

ETHER 2 is light. Really light, almost 90 grams or 3.75 ounces lighter than our comfortable ETHER Flow headphones. Amazingly, this weight drop didn’t involve switching from metal to plastic components, which would compromise sound and reduce product life. Nope.

ETHER 2 sports an all-metal headphone cup and headband, with a carbon fiber driver baffle, so it’s built to last, in style. At under 290gr, ETHER 2 is not only the lightest full size planar magnetic headphone on the market and it may be the lightest top-of-the-line headphone from any high-end vendor.

Ultralightweight design with a new ergonomic ear pad and an enhanced webbed head-strap combine to make ETHER 2 the new standard in high-performance headphone comfort and ergonomics.

Get Wired with VIVO!

We didn’t stop at upgrades to the headphone, either. While our original DUM (Distinctly Un-Magical) cable was a great performer, it was a bit stiffer and more microphonic than we wanted, so we set out to upgrade the cable.

Meet VIVO, our new flagship cable! For sound quality, this fully-custom cable design incorporates silver plated OFHC copper and top-quality connectors available in 6’ and 10’ 1/4” and 4-pin XLR terminations, and portable-friendly 3.5’ 2.5, 3.5, and 4.4mm cables. VIVO projects a wide open and holographic soundstage with precise imaging and tons of smooth detail.

And VIVO feels as good as it looks, and sounds. VIVO has a remarkably supple feel and is so light you’ll hardly notice it’s there and careful construction means it’s non-microphonic for comfortable and “quiet” listening.


Awards

Headphone Guru 2018 Product of the Year Award
AudioVista 2018 Best of Show Award
Soundstage! Best of RMAF 2018
Headfonia.com 2018 Award Winner
Inner Fidelity 2018 Editor's Choice Award

Press and Reviews

Headphone Guru Review
Headphone.Guru

by Gary Alan Barker
Nov. 2018

Headfonia Review
Headfonia

by Linus
Dec. 2018

Major Hifi Review
Major Hifi

by Gabby Bloch
Dec. 2018

Headfonics Review
Headfonics

by Marcus
Feb. 2019

The Verge Review
The Verge

by Vlad Savov
May 2019

C Net Review
CNet

by Steve Guttenberg
Apr. 2019

Inner Fidelity Review
Inner Fidelity

by Grover Neville
Apr. 2019

Audiophile Style Review
Audiophile Style

by Josh M
Jul. 2019

Hi-Fi News Review
Hi-Fi News

by Christopher Breunig
Sep. 2019

Specifications

Type
Planar Magnetic Driver
Size
71x45mm Impedance 16 ohms
Weight
290g
Pad Type
Synthetic Protein
Shipping Dimensions
11x9x6 inches
Shipping Weight
3 lb
Frequency Response
Yes*

*The industry has no standards for measuring or publishing results and many published specs wildly overstate the headphone's potential. We prefer not to play the "spec game" for this reason.

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My New Favorite Headphone
I have and have had a lot of headphones over the years. These days my primary headphones are the Audeze LCD-3, Mr Speaker Aeon Flow Closed, Oppo PM-1, and B&W PX when I'm on the go.

The LCD-3 and Ether Flow's are both fantastic headphones and the most directly comparable in my collection. The LCD-3 has a bit of a more musical presentation that just feels a bit more "analog" that I like. That being said, they are like putting a helmet on and just aren't suitable for long listening sessions. My ears and head literally hurt when I pull them off after a couple hours.

The Ether Flow while maybe a tiny bit less "musical" are more exacting in detail. I feel like I can make minor changes to the sound signature to by switching between my Mytek over to my Woo Audio tube amp to get a little more laid back sound. The Ether 2 wins hands down in design, feel, weight, and comfort department and that alone makes it enough for me to love them more than the LCD-3.

I still like having all my headphones, but the Ether 2 is my favorite right now. I use it often and more readily find myself lost in the music because I don't have a tank on my head. :)
Listening to the Ether Flows
My two amps I drive them with.
April 30, 2019
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